PRIVATE ACADEMY two nights and that I was to play the leading part in Jack and the Beanstalk. " Fame at last." I danced extremely well. The most brilliant pupil was a child of ten, my own age, with blue eyes and short golden hair, a relation of the mistresses, who was very conceited and was furious that she was not given the leading part. I met her in Paris a few years ago. It still rankled. Like most blondes later in life, she resembled instead of a ripe fruit or flower, those pale faded waxen fruits and flowers in Vic- torian glass cases. Blondes should dye their hair and paint their faces or get married and have children. Rehearsing was fun and the costumes were made by the mistresses and the great night came. I wore red tights and high-heeled red shoes and a little cap with a feather and felt that I was about to conquer the world. I went through my part and climbed the beanstalk—a rope covered in leaves which hung over a beam and was held by two old gentlemen in the wings. I was very well received, I danced a hornpipe and brought the house down. I was called for over and over again. The only time I shall know what real Fame is, to stand in front of an enthu- siastic and cheering audience. Some rich people wanted to get me an engagement in London and others to dance at concerts but alas! my family again. " Ladies do not go on the stage." I was furious, besides a lady was the last thing that I wanted to be.